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May 29, 2007

C is for Clifton; a Kushy job; and the Ugly truth

Beginning next month, First Capital Bank of Kentucky is trying on Americana for size. The bank, with the help of eight underwriters, is launching a series of five concerts from June through the end of the year that will feature established musical artists performing in the Clifton Center Theatre, beginning with the June 13 concert by Vancouver, B.C., group The Be Good Tanyas.“This will be Louisville’s concert series, one that brings audience and musicians together and invites quality time among friends and strangers alike,” says a news release provided by First Capital. LEO and WFPK-FM are the media sponsors of the event.A formal announcement about the Clifton Center series is scheduled for June 23.•••Dan Kilian has taken Manhattan. Now he’s coming back for a weekend of raucous solo shows.You’ve seen him before, albeit in a different incarnation. Kilian fronted The Uglies, according to him, “sometime during the last Civil War.”He’s playing three solo shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday, mainly songs by his new band The K’s. Their album, The K’s Can’t Get it Together, features 15 songs with “boozy horn arrangements,” Kilian writes, including a cover of The Uglies’ song “The Mosquito.”The itinerary:At 9 p.m. Friday, Kilian performs at Jockamo’s (983 Goss Ave., 637-5406) with ex-Ugly and The Marks frontman Mark Watson. Other special guests are scheduled.At 2 p.m. Saturday, Kilian plays a free in-store performance at ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799). Later that night, catch him at The Nachbar (969 Charles St., 637-4377), where he’ll play again with The Marks. It all culminates Sunday at 8 p.m., when Kilian will be the featured player at the second annual Kentucky Anti-Folk Fest at Molly Malone’s (933 Baxter Ave., 473-1222).•••Kush Griffith is best known for his musical odyssey with Parliament Funkadelic and the late, great James Brown. A couple of pals are gonna host a benefit for him at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bobby J’s (252 E. Market St., 568-5555). Cost is $10.Special guests are making the trip for this event, including Maceo and Melvin Parker. Rounding out the show will be Project Redbook, Brigid Kaelin, Birdhouse and the Leisure Thieves. DJs Matt Anthony and Woody Chancey of WFPK-FM will spin funk records between bands and after the show.•••Kangaroo is celebrating the release of its new EP Friday at the Pour Haus (1481 S. Shelby St., 637-4711). The EP is being released by local punk/indie label Noise Pollution records. The Ever-Constant Sea, Cincinnati’s View-Finder and Weapons complete the bill. Cost is $6, and rock starts at 9 p.m. Contact the writer at mherron@leoweekly.com